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On March 3 and 4, a workshop «Dattack» will take place at the Riga Congress Centre. The workshop will encourage the participants to create projects for the annual light festival «Staro Riga» that takes place in Riga, Latvia, in November. The topic of the «Dattack» is creative use of data and the event will be led by both local and international experts from various fields.

Stories Editorial February 5, 2018

The topic of the «Dattack» is creative use of data. How can we use open data sources for creative audio–visual expression? Where to look for data, what are the methods used to work with them; what tools can help turn data into visual, sonic and interactive experiences?

The workshop is open to professionals of various fields: public servants, visual and audio artists, designers, architects, developers and statisticians.

March 3 is the international Open Data Day. «Dattack» is taking part in the celebration and is going to be one of the events supporting Open Data Day internationally. Open Data Day is an annual celebration of open data all over the world. For the seventh time in history, groups from around the world will create local events on the day where they will use open data in their communities. It is an opportunity to show the benefits of open data and encourage the adoption of open data policies in government, business and society.

On the first day, local and international experts from various fields are going to give presentations on how to look at data and use them for creative expression. Possibilities are endless and there it is going to be an attempt to show as many different perspectives as possible.

The experts are artists and programmer Gene Kogan (Germany), composer and designer Martin Keary (UK), the Head of Design at «Infogram» Jānis Godiņš (Latvia), visual performance artist Kalma Visuals (Germany), director Margo Zālīte (Germany), artist Taavi Varm (Estonia) and creative technology expert and media artist Krišjānis Rijnieks (Germany).

A hands–on workshop will take place during the second day. The participants are going to create real projects for the «Staro Riga 2018» light festival taking place in Riga in November 2018. The organisers will take care of building the teams before and adjusting them during the event. The goal of the workshop is to create a realistic description and estimate of a spatial light project that has a certain place, time and duration. The most enthusiastic teams will be selected and the project executed as a part of the «Staro Riga 2018» festival.

Participation in the workshop «Dattack» is free of charge. More information and application form can be found on its webpage.